66, Part I:
Introduction to your Route 66 trip
if you ever plan to motor west:
Travel my way, the highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!"
(Bobby Troup, 1946)
This is it. U.S. Route 66. The Super Chief.
The Grand Canyon. The Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations. The Mojave
Desert. The Painted Desert. Tucumcari. The Texas Panhandle. The
Sooner State. Ozarks. The Mississippi River. The Joad and Wilson
families. The Griswold family.
Highway 66. The route of legend and romance.
"All the way on the Atchison, Topeka, & the Santa Fe
. . .." "Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino . . .."
Route 66 lives on
Alas, U.S. Highway 66—the so-called main
street of America—exists no more, except in isolated sections
as state highways, replaced on maps by segments of various Interstate
Route 66 lives on, however, in the hearts
of Americans and people worldwide as a symbol of the free spirit
of the United States, the route to a better life, not always achieved
as we saw in the book and movie Grapes of Wrath, but nevertheless
always a possibility.
During 2001, the affection Americans and
others have for the "Mother Road" was shown in celebrations
along its route marking its 75th anniversary.
Pardon the detours
These pages sometimes do
not follow the original route, but always retain its spirit. The goal is to provide an awesome transcontinental itinerary that gives the flavour of Route 66 experience.
Please don't complain because we sometimes take detours.
Few travellers who drove the old 66 failed to detour to the Grand Canyon.
And, who'd want to pass so close to Las Vegas without actually seeing it?
The Route 66 opening celebrations went all the way to New York City, just as we do here.
And, throughout its history, Route 66 changed its path due to politics or better engineering. Some of these changes took it miles from its original course.
On these pages, you'll gain the information needed
to enjoy your Route 66 trip to the fullest.
Now go on to Part II, Santa Monica to Las
Go to >> Route 66, part I: Introduction
Go to >> Part II: Santa Monica to
Go to >> Part III: Las Vegas to Albuquerque
Go to >> Part IV: Albuquerque
to the Mississippi River
Go to >> Part V: Mississippi
River to Virginia
Go to >> Part VI: Understanding
the War Between the States
Go to >> Part VII: Virginia
to Washington, D.C.
Go to >> Part VIII: Washington,
D.C. to New York City
Go to >> Part IX: Planning
your Route 66 trip